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  1. One for the sweet tooth

    by , 18-09-2010 at 10:50 AM
    Well what a busy week i've had. Took a week of work & have ended up more tired than if i had gone to work.
    Been out rambling again & ended up bringing home MORE crabapples. So deciced to get busy and do more preserving. Decided to try making crabapple & rosehip jelly & was pretty pleased with the results. Used a very diy method:
    Jelly bag was made from an offcut of nylon net curtain!
    Suspended said jelly bag from an old veg rack with garden string! Must post ...
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  2. Preserving the crop

    by , 14-09-2010 at 08:49 PM
    The bad weather is preventing me from doing a thing towards transforming the garden , so i've been busy in the kitchen again.
    Today i made apple & blackberry jam, it's the first time me or the OH have made jam so pretty impressed when it turned out right & set perfectly first time
    What made me really happy tho is that other then the 1.50 for the sugar the jam was totally free. Blackberries picked from the garden & local countryside. Apples kindly donated from the family ...
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  3. Thr fruits of my (not much) labours

    by , 09-09-2010 at 06:57 AM
    After knackering my knees doing too much running, i've opted for a nice quiet day making homemade goodies. Todays makes will be:
    1. Horse chesnut tincture, to be made into a gel in a months time. Great for varicose veins, spider veins, tired swollen legs after flying/standing too long

    2. Hot Hedgerow Chutney, recipe from the forum. Making now to give a xmas pressies to the foodies in my family

    3. Snickerdoodles, again recipe from the forum. Cause they sound yummy, ...
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  4. And still more brambles

    by , 04-09-2010 at 08:05 PM
    Hallelujah for the good weather yet again i've been tackling those brambles and i'm glad to say i can finally walk from one end of the garden to the other without a machete . The added bonus being that i now have 2kg of blackberries in the deep freeze, 3kg of rosehips and my lovely neighbour gave me 1kg of windfall apples so yum yum hedgerow chutney & jam on it's way.

    Now that i can actually see the garden i've realised how big it really is & i am a liittle overwhelmed ...
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  5. Brambles, Brambles everywhere

    by , 25-08-2010 at 07:41 AM
    A day off work & no rain means another journey into the hell that is the garden.
    Armed with wellies, thick gloves & pruning shears i shall enter the land that time has forgot & hope i return. On days like this i remind myself of the plans we have drawn up & imagine the beautiful veg plot that awaits me. Until then i pacify myself with a nibble of the massive juicy blackberries that are in abundance. I have had to take to wearing purple nail varnish to disguise the staining ...
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